Based off the thrilling podcast, The Long Night comic adaptation is just as chilling.

Following a string of mysterious deaths in Burns, Alaska, Special Agents Sally Pierce and Tad Marshall arrive to investigate. They soon find there’s more going on than meets the eye… Marvel’s hit scripted podcast, “Wolverine: The Dark Night,” comes to life on the page! Chilling twists and turns, brought to you by the original author of the podcast, Benjamin Percy, and the art talents of Marcio Takara!

(Description from Amazon)

I listened to the podcast a few years ago and fell in love. The backdrop of Alaska is the perfect setting for a Wolverine comic. It’s dark and dangerous, Alaska is the perfect place for Wolverine to start over again.

There is something about the amount of murder in Alaska that seems like it would call out to Wolverine, and it does. It creates this air of mystery that Wolverine shrouds himself in and it works so well for his character.

I believe that the authors who write Wolverine comics must be passionate about him because it’s rare to find one that’s not enjoyable. But, The Long Night stands out to me because the approach is different. You aren’t following Wolverine, you’re following Weapon-X agents as they trail him. This both works and doesn’t work. I liked the unique approach and how we get to see Wolverine from an outside perspective, but it makes a lot of the action feel secondhand. I want to be there and sometimes it doesn’t feel that way. Part of why I enjoy Wolverine is because he gets into a lot of action and it makes him the ultimate anti-hero, and that’s not something you want to experience secondhand.

I will say that I love the style the comics are drawn in. Let me pull up an example from the book.

Look at the detail in that mans face! I also love how they use black space to fill in the picture. It gives it a sinister edge that you need for a graphic novel with this tone. The mixture of purples, reds, and blacks look amazing on Wolverine. His eyes are like black voids, just how I would imagine his would look after all the destruction he’s witnessed and caused. I think the artists nailed Wolverine and even the beautiful scenery of Alaska. But, what I love most is that the artist didn’t just capture Alaska, they captured the dark pits of Alaska, they made me afraid of what could be hiding beneath the surface.

I’ve seen some cheesy lookking Wolverine comics but not this one. It gave me the dark and gloomy feeling you’d expect from a Batman comic, which is not something that Marvel always pursues.

The plot to this graphic novel has a lot of moving pieces that fit together like a puzzle. I like how it wraps itself in a neat little bow but also leaves room for more comics. It’s hard to come up with a plot that you can fit into a graphic novel, especially when it’s adapted from a podcast, and make it feel whole. But, that was definitely achieved. I also feel like they picked the perfect amount of content from the podcast to fit into this graphic novel. They didn’t leave stuff out, and they didn’t add anything new. It was a pretty faithful adaptation.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I give The Long Night 4/5 stars!

Also, I’d like to add that the podcast has done a season 2 and I’m going to go listen to it right now!

Have you heard of The Long Night before? Do you prefer podcasts or comics? Let me know in the comments.

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